State of the Union

Film, Comedy
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An over-long and over-emphatic political satire, in which Tracy's presidential candidate enlists the help of his estranged wife (Hepburn) in order to present a happy, respectable front to the voters (as always with Capra, seen as gullible little people, here in danger of being duped by corrupt industrialists). It's the usual Capra recipe of homespun sentiment and mindless optimism, enlivened a little by the performances (though one can only dream of what Cukor might have done with Hepburn and Tracy), but turned unusually bitter by Cold War cracks. Horribly dated, too.

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Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Capra
Screenwriter: Anthony Veiller, Myles Connolly
Cast: Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Van Johnson
Angela Lansbury
Adolphe Menjou
Lewis Stone
Raymond Walburn
Charles Dingle
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